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THE COSMIC RAYS GIVE WAY TO MICHAEL PEPPE
November 18, 2016 10:00pm
We are constantly bombarded with the so-called Cosmic Rays-- this show explored that phenomenon and some of its ramifications. Starting at about 335 miles, or 56 kilometers above the Earth's surface, this alien radiation breaks atoms apart, and the contents rain down toward the surface at the speed of light, including muons. These transient particles, neither super-heavy nor particularly lightweight, have a mass equal to about 208 electrons. Though they have a short life-span, with a half-life of just two millionths of a second, they can cause harm if they happen to strike the wrong bit of genetic material in a cell's nucleus. 240 muons flash through your body every second. But Michael Peppe, famed Performance Artist, was bravely unconcerned about this as he visited our Ask Dr. Hal! studio. With: KrOB Sabrepop, Puzzling Evidence.

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